InsulTech Covid-19 Update

UPDATED November 30, 2020

In May 2020, InsulTech was notified that a small number of employees at our Yuma, AZ plant had tested positive for Covid 19. These employees followed quarantine protocols and recovered, eventually returning to work if they chose to do so. From June until November, InsulTech had no known cases of Covid 19. However, with the rise of cases nationwide, the risk of infection has increased and Insultech was notified of 5 new cases as of November 30. All are currently quarantining at home. 2 of these employees are asymptomatic and will be able to return to work following negative diagnostic tests. We are wishing for a rapid recovery for the other 3 employees, and have continued our safety protocols that were instituted back in March of 2020. These protocols are outlined below.

InsulTech’s Yuma plant manufactures essential products for a multitude of industries identified by the US Dept of Homeland Security as Essential Critical Infrastructure. Some of the industries we are proud to serve include:

  • The US Defense Industrial Base
  • Engine and Turbine Manufacturing
  • Power Generation Equipment Manufacturing
  • Vehicles, Locomotives and Commercial Ships Manufacturing
  • Aerospace Products and Parts Manufacturing

InsulTech will continue to operate as an essential manufacturer following the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines including, physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, facial protection, and continuous cleaning of areas and surfaces in and around the facility.

InsulTech strongly urges all employees to not attend social gatherings and to use social distancing, safe practices and common sense while visiting public places outside of the workplace.

InsulTech has taken the following additional steps to safeguard the health of our employees:

  • Daily no contact temperature scans prior to entry into the facility.
  • Daily communication meetings to provide employees with the latest information from Yuma County Health Department and CDC.
  • All employees are required to wear masks at all times at the facility.
  • When supply of masks became a challenge, InsulTech manufactured reusable face coverings for all employees.
  • Staggered breaks & lunches were implemented in March to increase social distancing.
  • InsulTech has offered a full complement of PPE to all employees as part of normal operations for many years. This includes disposable gloves, disposable masks, disposable lab coats and coveralls, and safety glasses. This practice has continued throughout the Covid 19 pandemic.
  • InsulTech has trained workers on how to properly put on, use/wear, take-off, and maintain protective clothing and equipment.
  • Since March, InsulTech has provided disinfectants and disposable towels workers can use to clean work surfaces throughout the work day.
  • InsulTech Yuma’s facilities are periodically cleaned by a professional service using a CDC recommended protocol to apply EPA registered List N virucides to all surfaces.
  • InsulTech encourages workers to report any safety and health concerns to their direct supervisor. Workers stay at home if they are sick.
  • Since March, all InsulTech Yuma employees over the age of 65 have been working from home.

InsulTech is proud to be a Yuma-based manufacturer. We care about the health, welfare and prosperity of our employees and the Yuma community as a whole. We will continue to following the guidance and recommendations of local, state and federal agencies, including the CDC and other health organizations.

InsulTech Completes Yuma Plant Expansion

InsulTech is please to announce the completion of its expansion at its plant in Yuma, Arizona, effectively doubling manufacturing space at the site. This 2nd building will be dedicated to the production of foil encapsulated insulation blankets for industrial, transportation and aerospace applications.

This expansion adds an additional 30,000 SF of manufacturing space in a separate building, allowing for segregation of processes, improvement of quality, increased flexibility and a significant increase and output.

This facility is scheduled to be AS9100D:2016 / ISO9001:2015 certified in August 2020.

“This expansion would not have been possible without the support of the City of Yuma and the State of Arizona,” said Ryan Barto, General Manager of InsulTech, “we are proud members of the Yuma business community and we look forward to continued success here.”

 

InsulTech Wins Award for Excellence in Innovation

On October 3, the Arizona Manufacturers Council (AMC) honored InsulTech with the Excellence in Innovation award as part of the 2019 Arizona Manufacturing Summit. The event featured featured keynote speakers and concluded with an awards ceremony honoring standout leaders in manufacturing.

The event was held at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, in Phoenix and was attended by leaders in Arizona business and government, including executives from Raytheon, Nikola Manufacturing, Arizona state and city officials and representatives of the US Dept of Commerce.

Insultech is proud to be part of the Arizona business community and we are especially honored to be the first company from Yuma to be recognized in this way.

Insultech has been operating in Yuma for over 10 years. Over the past 5 years, InsulTech has invested heavily in expanding its Yuma operations and currently employs nearly 150 people in the region. Currently under construction is a second plant that will double capacity.

Insultech named 2019 Arizona Manufacturer of the Year Finalist

The Arizona Manufacturers Council selected Insultech as a Finalist for Manufacturer of the Year in the Excellence in Innovation category.

This marks a key milestone in Insultech’s continued investment and expansion of its Yuma, Arizona plant.  Since making the decision to expand operations in Yuma, Insultech has benefitted from strong support from the Arizona Commerce Authority, as well as numerous other state, regional and local organizations.

Insultech is the first company from Yuma to ever be nominated for this award. We are proud to be a part of the Yuma, Arizona community and we look forward to continued growth and success in the region.

The Manufacturer of the Year winners will be announced at the annual Arizona Manufacturing Summit held in Phoenix, Arizona on October 3rd 2019 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. For more information, or to register for the event, click here.

Insultech Expands Foil Insulation Fabrication Capacity in Yuma Plant

In response to growing market demand, Insultech has continued to invest in expanding production capacity in its metal foil encapsulated insulation product lines. This initiative includes new corrugation machinery, state of the art cutting machinery, presses and welding equipment.

The Yuma site offers a favorable business cost environment, and excellent labor pool, and a supportive community. We are actively recruiting experienced fabrication and assembly personnel to support this growth initiative.

Insultech is “Open For Business” in Yuma

Insultech was invited by the office of Yuma’s mayor, Douglas Nichols to attend its Open for Business event.

Since making the decision to expand operations in Yuma and make that plant a primary manufacturing location, Insultech has enjoyed a tremendous level of support from the Yuma community and numerous local, regional and state level organizations. Insultech currently has over 100 employees in Yuma and is continuing to invest and grow in the region due to its business friendliness. Throughout our development and expansion process, Yuma city officials have shown a willingness to collaborate to achieve the most favorable outcome for all. Additionally, the cost of doing business and labor pool has been favorable when compared with other areas.

We are proud to be a part of the Yuma community and look forward to continued growth and success.

Insultech attends FAMEX 2019

With the support of the Arizona Commerce Authority, the Insultech team attended FAMEX 2019 .

Also known as the Mexican Aerospace Fair, FAMEX is sponsored by the Secretariat of National Defense through the Mexican Air Force.

This year, the event was held at the Santa Lucia Air Force Base near Mexico City.

The goal of this event is to bring together  leaders of the civil and military aviation, defense and security sectors to promote trade and the growth of the national aerospace industry in the region.

Additionally, the event includes academic conferences to promote the training of personnel working in the field of aeronautics and space.

As part of the Arizona delegation, Insultech received excellent support from the Arizona team as well as the FAMEX support staff.

FAMEX 2020 will be hosted in Queretaro.

Insultech earns NADCAP Aerospace Quality Management System Certification

Insultech is pleased to announce the successful completion of National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP) AC7004 Rev F. This Aerospace Quality Management System certification. This is an additional certification above and beyond our existing NADCAP AC7110 Certification for Welding.

The Performance Review Institute (PRI) created the NADCAP Aerospace Quality System AC7004 as a way to apply the controls and process-focus of AS/EN 9100 in a way that is more relevant and appropriate to smaller organizations with less QMS infrastructure and fewer layers of management.

All AC7004 accredited facilities must pass a rigorous quality examination by PRI and be able to produce high quality parts and control their processes to the same level as required by AS9100 / EN9100. However,  AC7004 offers more flexibility in terms of how that is accomplished.

Technology Spotlight: Aerogel Insulation

Synthetic, porous  material derived from a gel, in which the liquid component of the gel has been replaced with a gas, Aerogels are the world’s lightest solid materials, composed of up to 97% air by volume.

Transparent superinsulating silica aerogels exhibit the lowest thermal conductivity of any solid known. The solids in silica aerogels consist of very small, three-dimensional, intertwined clusters that comprise only 3% of the volume. Conduction through the solid is therefore very low. The remaining 97% of the volume of aerogels is composed of air in extremely small nanopores. The air has little room to move, inhibiting both convection and gas-phase conduction.

These properties account for the incredible effectiveness of aerogels as having an extremely low thermal conductivity: from 0.03 W/(m·K) in atmospheric pressure down to 0.004 W/(m·K) in modest vacuum, which correspond to R-values of 14 to 105 (US customary) or 3.0 to 22.2 (metric) for 3.5 in (89 mm) thickness.

For many years, aerogels had been relegated the lab curiosity status and used only in the highly specialized applications. For example, NASA used an aerogel to trap space dust particles aboard the Stardust spacecraft. The particles vaporize on impact with solids and pass through gases, but can be trapped in aerogels. NASA also used aerogel for thermal insulation of the Mars Rover and space suits.

Despite their unique properties, the commercial applications of aerogels were limited. However, over the last two decades, Aspen, the company that initially developed the flexible aerogel blanket insulation used in NASAs space suits, led the way in commercializing silica aerogel blanket material for broader thermal insulation applications.  By 2004, aerogel materials were being used in products selected for use by the Special Forces of the US Military, and the Canadian Ski Team. Shortly thereafter, aerogel insulation blanket materials aimed at industrial, energy, cryogenic and subsea applications appeared on the market.

In 2004, about US$25 million of aerogel insulation products were sold globally. Since then the market has grown substantially to approximately US$500 million today. Continued growth is expected as the potential to replace conventional insulation with aerogel solutions in the building and industrial insulation sectors is significant.

InsulTech is constantly monitoring developments in materials science and recognized early the potential of aerogels. InsulTech has developed engineering and manufacturing capabilities to utilize aerogel materials in thermal insulation blankets for industrial, energy, marine and aerospace applications.